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Epic Abstraction: Pollock to Herrera


Newly acquired by the Met in 2017, Hedda Sterne’s New York #2 (1953) is exhibited for the first time in this major ongoing exhibition. In the museum’s audio guide, curator Kelly Baum draws attention to Sterne’s fascination with the urban environment, including a clip of the artist describing how her artistic practice was influenced by her immigration to New York in 1941.

Hedda Sterne,  New York #2 , 1953, oil on canvas, 78 × 34-1/8 x 1 in. (198.1 × 86.7 x 2.5 cm); Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Purchase, Gift of Samuel Dretzin, by exchange, Bequest of Gioconda King, by exchange, Rogers Fund, by exchange, Funds from various donors, by exchange, and Gift of Chauncey Stillman, by exchange, 2017, 2017.99

Hedda Sterne, New York #2, 1953, oil on canvas, 78 × 34-1/8 x 1 in. (198.1 × 86.7 x 2.5 cm); Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Purchase, Gift of Samuel Dretzin, by exchange, Bequest of Gioconda King, by exchange, Rogers Fund, by exchange, Funds from various donors, by exchange, and Gift of Chauncey Stillman, by exchange, 2017, 2017.99